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My First Box Set and Other News

Life has been full. We are now two weeks into our school vacation, and what a crazy two weeks it has been.

I finished the rough draft of Rumpled Rhett (Once Upon a Duchy #3) on June 11th and sent it off to my beta readers. We are trying to get it all ready to go so I can get the preorder set up in August. The sooner I get the edits done, the sooner the preorder can go up. A guesstimate of the release date would be sometime in September or October 2021.

The following Monday (June 14th), I started project #2 for the year, Cianna's Fortune, a novella loosely inspired by Cinderella for a multiauthor project coming out in late 2022. What followed were two intense weeks of trying to get the rough draft done before the edits for Rumpled Rhett returned from beta readers.

Guess what! I managed it! Before all the edits were back from beta readers, Cianna's Fortune was finished on June 27th. It needs a quick edit before I upload it for the first round of beta readers, my fellow authors on the project. I am so excited for this book to be read.

Now I am working on the prework for writing the next Once Upon a Duchy novel, Lark's Song. Inspired by the Month Brothers, a Slavic tale similar in some ways to Cinderella, Lark's Song will feature the return of most of Crispin's brothers from Reclaiming Ryda, including Crispin and Ryda. Hugo, the fourth brother, will be the hero.

The heroine will be a strong, hardworking woman named Molly. She is an innkeeper in a busy Rhynan town along the main trading route between Areyuthia and Rhynan. I am enjoying developing the relationships and interactions between the town residents and Molly. This book should be jam-packed and fun.

If all goes to plan, I will finish writing Lark's Song by the end of 2021 and publish it in early 2022.

In other publishing news, I have just released my first ebook boxed set. It is exciting to see The Talented Trilogy all in one place.

The complete Talented Trilogy all in one ebook!

In a world where seventh born sons are valued for their strength and power, she is born a daughter. Zezilia Ilar is the disappointment. Born after six brothers, she was supposed to be the son to restore her family’s prestige. She intends to remedy her shortcomings by being a dutiful daughter, marrying well and producing children, preferably a set of seven sons. But when someone offers her an alternative, she begins to dream of more. In a society that worships a goddess, he follows the Almighty.

Hadrian Aleron, as a seventh son of a seventh son, stands to take up the second highest position in government, Sept Son. His main qualification for office is his birth. Despite preparing for this role from childhood, he does not desire what is to come. As a follower of the Almighty, he knows he will be the target of many, and his faith might eventually lead to death.

Beginning with Zezilia's training and following through to the final battle, THE TALENTED TRILOGY is an epic Christian fantasy adventure. Exploring the realities of living one's faith midst persecution and doing the right thing despite opposition, this trilogy encourages and challenges the reader to walk boldly as a Christian.

I hope to put out more ebook collections soon, perhaps of some of the Rhynan novels or the Theodoric Saga. Don't worry. I will get back to writing more of the Rhynan novels soon. I plan on finishing Charity in 2022.

Between preparing Rumpled Rhett and Cianna's Fortune for publishing and writing Lark's Song, 2021's summer promises to be full and fun.

What are you looking forward to the most?


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